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25 February 2023

News from the Central African Republic

The Carmelite family in the Central African Republic is growing. On Friday, January 6, three young confreres (Br. Aimé, Br. Alfred and Br. Wilfrid) made their solemn profession in the hands of the Provincial, Father Saverio. The ceremony was very impressive, especially when the parents of our three young people, with the gestures of local traditions, offered their son to God. After the solemn vows, the three friars were welcomed by the Carmelite family with a fraternal embrace The following day, Saturday, there was another celebration: our three professed were ordained deacons, while Brother Régis was ordained a priest..

On Monday the 9th, we met in Bouar for a day of reflection and exchange, with all the professed fathers and young friars of the Delegation. We came from all the houses: Bozoum, Baoro, Bangui and Bouar.

Insecurity is on the rise in the country. In the previous days, there had been rebel attacks along the road between Bouar and Bozoum. On Tuesday the 10th, when we arrived in Bozoum for the preparations of the Agricultural Fair, we saw the pupils of the elementary school fleeing from the school: armed men had passed near Bozoum. Unfortunately there is a lot of fear, almost a psychosis, throughout the country.